Université du Québec en Outaouais

Université du Québec en Outaouais (Photo: Denis Yuen)

Université du Québec en Outaouais

Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) is a dynamic university where everyone feels at home. Considered as a university with a human side promoting learning and reflection, the UQO has grown, evolved and adapted its programs to meet the needs of its clientele with proper consideration given to the characteristics of the region.

As part of the Université du Québec System, UQO can count on educational resources and common services from the most important university system in Canada.

UQO’s location in Gatineau, a few minutes from the border between Québec and Ontario, provides obvious geographical and cultural advantages. Situated right beside Ottawa, the nation’s capital, our university offers unique opportunities to our students, thanks to its multicultural and bilingual surroundings. Gatineau is also known for its quality of life, provided in part by the presence of multiple parks and tranquil green spaces throughout the city.

Since 2004, UQO also offers some programs in the heart of the Laurentides, more specifically in the city of Saint-Jérôme. In January 2010, a brand new campus will be opening its doors to close to 1000 students to provide better services to this growing community.

People oriented, with classes made up of small groups of students and UQO gives students the will to learn, build a career and succeed in life. That is what attracts some 5,400 registered students mainly from the Outaouais but also from Eastern Ontario, the Maritimes and the elsewhere in Québec . UQO’s reputation has grown beyond our borders and attracts an increasing number of students from abroad.

Quality Studies

Teaching is at the very heart of UQO activities and the institution is proud of its widespread reputation as a “friendly university”. A heightened availability, adapted training and supervision activities and a cordial environment facilitate interaction and allow professors to ensure close monitoring of students throughout the whole educational process. Furthermore, most of the programs include on-the-job training sessions to allow students to make use of the knowledge acquired and become involved in a professional experience.

A large part of UQO programs are rooted in the specific needs of the labour market and of society. Such is the case, for instance, with programs in education, health sciences, administrative sciences, computer science, social work and psychoeducation. Having made a breakthrough into the world of applied science with the computer engineering program, UQO is now seeking to move into the area of natural sciences through biology. The University also offers a series of masters and doctoral-level programs.

Continuing education is very important to us. That is why UQO offers regional professionals the tools to develop their specific expertise by means of certificates, short graduate programs and specialized postgraduate studies.


Research is an integral part of program quality and facilitates the transfer of knowledge to the community, thus allowing us to participate in the development of the Outaouais.

Undertaken by professors in the forefront of their disciplines, research is developing rapidly at UQO. Professors have acquired recognition and renown and this underscores by the diversity of their funding sources and the establishment of cooperative exchanges with researchers in other universities, other organizations and private enterprise.

In the field of social studies, UQO has set as an objective to become a full participant in the search for solutions to the new social problems brought on by social changes and to become an important partner in the creation of social capital. The University is participating actively in initiatives involving the development of social innovations. For instance, various research projects have been undertaken in the areas of social economy and local communities, the psychosocial health of children and youth, cyberpsychology, success in school and changes in the workplace.

In the science sector, UQO is very active in the areas of photonics and computer telecommunications.

UQO has a number of research units:

  • Canada Research Chair in Clinical Cyberpsychology
  • Canada Research Chair in Community Development
  • Canada Research Chair in Photonics
  • Language Technologies Research Centre
  • Research Chair in Distributed Computing
  • Study and Research Centre on Social Intervention.

Furthermore, the University houses the centre for the co-ordination and production of the scientific journal Économie et Solidarités.

Student Life

At UQO, the students are the prime builders of a stimulating environment and one open to the world. By their involvement on campus, the students contribute to the establishment of an environment which includes their values and their interests for the future.

To support them, Student Services offer quality, personalized services and a program of activities promoting both their personal and social development and their success as scholars.

Workshops, seminars, conferences, commencement activities, Trade Games, Industrial Relations Games, Psychoed-fest, Intercultural Week, Ciné Campus are only a few of the many activities to which students are invited.

To keep in shape, students have access to the Physical and Sports Activities Services which include a multi-system room, a dance hall, a swimming pool and a gymnasium. A sports medecine and physiotherapy clinic is also at their disposal.

Student life also includes two coffee shops and the activities of the various student groups and associations on campus. To give students a voice, the General Students’ Association represents the interests of all students and is mandated to promote and defend their rights and their interests.

At the Forefront of Technology

Today, UQO is among the most advanced Canadian universities as regards the use of communication and computer technologies in the field of education. And the University fully intends to remain a leader in the area of technology!

Technology has profoundly changed professions in a great number of areas such as teaching, translating, the arts and nursing sciences. UQO uses the most up-to-date technologies to help the learning process and prepare students for the reality of the labour market in the third millennium:

  • computer laboratories and multimedia classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment
  • videoconference facility
  • e-mail
  • discussion forums and real time chat sessions
  • courses with documents and tools available on the Internet and on the WEB
  • student intranet Symbiose.

At the International Level

We have to go with the times! As we enter the 21st Century, graduates are increasingly called upon to work in an international environment. UQO is therefore striving to offer them an international outlook as part of their educational programs along with the opportunity to gain experience abroad.

To meet the new challenges associated with globalization, UQO is increasing the international character of its various programs. It accepts over 250 foreign students from 32 different countries. UQO also allows its students to study or do an internship outside Canada.

Student Residences

Taché-residences and “Maisons de ville” on the UQO campus are near the Taché building and within 10 minutes walking distance from Brault building. The lease is for a term of 9 months beginning on August 15 and ending on May 15. It includes:

  • a superieur quality furniture for room and dining room;
  • a stove and a refrigerator;
  • a sofa and chairs;
  • heat and electricity;
  • telephone line;
  • cable (television);
  • high-speed Internet access.

However, residents must provide their own telephone and pay for long-distance calls.

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